Lakim Shabazz

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Lakim Shabazz
Birth nameLarry Welsh
Also known asM.C. La Kim
BornNewark, New Jersey, US
OriginNewark, New Jersey, US
Genres
Occupation(s)Rapper
Years active1988–present
LabelsTuff City Records
Associated acts

Lakim Shabazz (born Larry Walsh[1]) is a former hip-hop emcee artist who was one of the founding members of the original version of the Flavor Unit crew. His stage name refers to the so-called Lost Tribe of Shabazz, which is based on the teachings of Wallace Fard Muhammad.

Career[edit]

As an artist signed with Tuff City, Lakim first gained recognition when he provided vocals for the 45 King's '900 Number'. Further collaboration with the 45 King was to follow in the EP entitled The Red, The Black, The Green. Then later in 1988, his debut album Pure Righteousness was released as an introduction style album with a "the 45 King presents" moniker on the cover sleeve. This album was relatively well received and has become an iconic release of the period in hip hop where the Islam style of the late 1980s/early 1990s is concerned. Shabazz released two albums, recorded for Aaron Fuchs's Tuff City Records, featuring production by The 45 King,[2] and his militant lyrics were predominantly about his love of the Nation of Islam and his dedication to the Nation of Gods and Earths, the latter of which he was a member. After his second album, he worked with Diamond D briefly and disappeared.

He lives in New Jersey and makes occasional appearances at Five-Percenter Show and Prove events.

In 2015, Shabazz was featured on the Shady Corps' track "Lost Souls".[3]

Influences[edit]

In an interview with AllHipHop, Lakim said, "I came up listening to Cold Crush, Treacherous Three, Jazzy Five. A lot of my influences were, like, Grandmaster Flash, Kool Moe Dee; then later on in life, you had Rakim, Kane".[4]

In the song "Rap God," Eminem called Lakim Shabazz a rap personality who influenced him.

Discography[edit]

Singles[edit]

  • "Pure Righteousness" (1988)
  • "Black is Back" (1988)

Albums[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Kellman, Andy. "Lakim Shabazz biography". allmusic.com. Retrieved 23 January 2011.
  2. ^ Kellman, Andy. "Pure Righteousness - Lakim Shabazz | Review". allmusic.com. Retrieved 23 January 2011.
  3. ^ "Lost Souls - Featuring Lakim Shabazz and Urban Shocker, by The Shady Corps". The Shady Corps. Retrieved 25 October 2017.
  4. ^ Greg, Grouchy (24 August 2007). "Where Are They Now: Lakim Shabazz". Exclusive Hip Hop News, Interviews, Rumors, Rap & Music Videos | Allhiphop. Retrieved 24 December 2016.
  5. ^ "Lakim Shabazz The Lost Tribe Of Shabazz Chart History". Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums. Retrieved 25 October 2017.

External links[edit]

"Lakim Shabazz". Discogs. Retrieved 25 December 2016.